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Middle East and North Africa

As the United States seeks to extend an arms embargo on Iran, this timeline looks back on how tensions between the countries have escalated in the decades since the Islamic Revolution.

 

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Climate Change
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Climate Change

Experts break down the intersection of climate change and the economy in the latest episode of the Why It Matters podcast.

Climate Change

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Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has reduced global carbon emissions, but that progress won’t last unless governments act to reduce emissions permanently and prepare for future disasters.

 

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

As the pandemic continues, more than half of the world’s countries are mandating the wearing of face masks in public. Is it helping to slow the spread of COVID-19?

 

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Immigration

Canada

With its comparatively open and well-regulated immigration system, Canada has become a top destination for immigrants and refugees.

 

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United States

Rule of Law

United States

Recent killings by U.S. officers have sparked widespread calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism. Here’s how U.S. policing compares with other countries’ approaches.

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Democracy

Panelists discuss international perceptions of the United States and how the current domestic unrest may affect the country’s ability to promote global democracy and human rights.
China

China

Secretary Pompeo, advocating a policy of transforming China, is proposing a course that is bound to fail.

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China

Since 1949, U.S.-China relations have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying diplomacy, growing international rivalry, and increasingly intertwined economies.

CFR on the Record

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Panelists discuss Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank and the geopolitical consequences for the region and for the Middle East peace plan.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has spread across nearly every country in the world, disproportionally infecting and killing the vulnerable. Densely populated refugee camps with limited access to medical care are one of the most high-risk population on the globe. This video explores how international aid groups have stepped in amidst further hardship in refugee camps. 

Coronavirus

House Majority Whip James Clyburn discusses the latest on Congress's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cybersecurity

Panelists discuss the roles of the government and private sector in combating online misinformation and safeguarding freedom of expression.

Expert Spotlight

Robert E. Rubin
Robert E. Rubin

Chairman Emeritus; Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

Robert D. Blackwill
Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy

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China China’s Approach to Global Governance

Learn about China's evolving approach to global governance and how it has shifted strategy under President Xi Jinping related to trade, the belt and road initiative, and the coronavirus pandemic.

Public Health Threats and Pandemics The Coronavirus Pandemic, With Tom Bollyky

Thomas J. Bollyky, director of CFR’s Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the World Health Organization’s newly declared pandemic, COVID-19.

Human Trafficking Modern Slavery: Its Root Causes and the Human Toll

Slavery, long banned and universally condemned, persists in many corners of the world, victimizing tens of millions of people.

Syria Syria's War and the Descent Into Chaos

In the nine years since protesters in Syria first demonstrated against the four-decade rule of the Assad family, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and some twelve million people have been displaced.

Global Women’s Power Index

Find out where women around the world wield political power—and why it matters.

Featured Publications

World Order

An invaluable primer from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, that will help anyone, expert and nonexpert alike, navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders.

U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States should respond to the COVID-19 reordering moment and stop deterioration in the balance of power with China, bolster relations with India and Europe, and reform the way it deals with allies and partners.

Diplomacy and International Institutions

Is America’s alliance system so quietly effective that politicians and voters fail to appreciate its importance in delivering the security they take for granted?